After a very busy Tuesday marked by violence between the police and
demonstrators in several cities of the country, Donatien Nshole, an
official of the episcopal conference says the dialogue initiated by the
CENCO will continue on Wednesday.
The Catholic bishops of the National Episcopal Conference of the
Congo (CENCO) opened a new political dialogue with government as
part of efforts to quell political tensions in the country.
They suspended the talks and decided to fly to the Vatican until
December 20 to find a compromise in the establishment of a transition
period which will lead to the presidential election.
The German Government very much regrets that this has not happened
despite all the efforts at national and international level.
From now on, the Congolese Government’s scope for action will be
restricted. The German Government will adapt its political contacts and
cooperation in accordance. The negotiations on development
cooperation scheduled to take place next year will be postponed
indefinitely. The German Government reserves the right to take further
“It supports the talks mediated by the Congolese Conference of Catholic
Bishops aiming to reach a compromise solution to make the transitional
period leading to the presidential elections as short as possible without
having to amend the Constitution.
“If agreement is reached, the German Government is prepared, together
with its European partners, to support the election process,” a statement
by a Federal Foreign Office spokesperson in Berlin read.